When not rehearsing or performing with the BSO, how do you spend your time? I am quite an avid quilter, but to avoid sounding too much like someone’s grandmother, and to sound maybe a little less nerdy, I prefer the term “fiber artist.”
I decided that music would be my career while still in elementary school. I have never had the slightest interest in doing anything else.
What kind of music helps you unwind? I have rather eclectic tastes: I’ve recently discovered Judas Priest! I enjoy big band, Latin music, and sometimes even classical, but the truth is that after a hard day at work, I mostly just prefer silence.
I listen to National Public Radio in my car.
I prefer the classic, plain-old ring on my cell phone.
What is the last book you read? OK, I’m married to an academic with a library full of books with lofty titles and a large circle of academic friends to go with it. In order to hold my own in conversations at dinner parties and not end up sounding like a complete idiot, I try very hard to fill in the gaps of my own music filled education by reading the classics. I’m currently half-way into Anna Karenina, but I must confess that I’ve been secretly reading the “Harry Potter” series on the sly.
The non-musical accomplishment that I am most proud of is…I am the parent of a son with special needs, and for most of his life I have raised him alone. His unique view of the world and the challenges that he faces have taught me a great deal that I would never have encountered otherwise. In spite of all my failings as a mother, he has become a very accomplished and responsible young adult who I am very proud of, and who I believe will make a fine contribution to society during his lifetime.
What is your guilty pleasure? I watch the Bravo Television’s “Project Runway.” I know it’s a reality show, but…
What is your favorite vacation spot? I like going to new, unfamiliar places for vacations. Our family has camped in Nova Scotia, enjoyed the beaches in Mexico, and last year we spent a fabulous 10 days in Istanbul.
The last movie I saw was…3:10 to Yuma.
If you could choose another instrument to play, what would it be? I wish I had a great voice. I always wanted to sing, but I never had a very good instrument, and unlike most other instruments, you can’t just go out and buy yourself another one. I’ve had to content myself with making my violin “sing.”